The next Brussels Development Briefing will be held on the 14 September 2011 and will be organised in partnership with the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency. We will discuss the main challenges involved in rural transformation processes by sharing different perspectives on rural transformation processes across continents. We will then focus on rural employment and rural labour markets needed to create growth and economic development.
-8 September: Committee Meetings in the European Parliament
Council of Ministers
-5/6 September: Transport Council (informal)
-11 September: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (informal)
-7 September: Coreper I
-8 September: Coreper II
-7 September: New communication on external energy policy
-8 September: Weekly meeting of the college
-8 September: Conference: Food and nutrition in the 21st century
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Henri de Raincourt, the French Development Minister, received Camille Vital, the Prime Minister and Telecommunications, Post and New Technologies Minister of the transitional government of Madagascar on 30 August.
The European Commission has decided to replenish the African Peace Facility (APF) with €300 million to support African peace and security actions both at regional and continental levels. The funding will be available to the African Union and African Regional Organisations for the period 2011-2013 in order to support relevant, targeted, continental and regional initiatives in the area of conflict prevention, management and resolution, and peace building.
A farewell was hosted by the University of the South Pacific for the Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation, His Excellency Ambassador Wiepke van der Goot at the Laucala Campus in Suva on 15 August, 2011. The occasion was marked with a luncheon gathering which was attended by senior government officials from the Kiribati Government including the Minister for Education, Honourable Mr Toakai Koririntetaake and the senior staff of the University.
The deadline for completing Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations have been extended to mid 2012. This was one of the key decisions taken by Pacific ACP Trade Officials meeting in Port Moresby last week. A report from Maureen Penjueli on www.islandsbusiness.com said the shift in the deadline from the overly ambitious target of December 2011 was a clear recognition of the enormous task ahead of the region to complete comprehensive EPA negotiations.
Zimbabwe’s Mines Minister, Obert Mpofu, has given the European Union (EU) an open invitation to tour the controversial Chiadzwa diamond fields, a week after the EU said it was considering lifting a ban on Zimbabwe’s exports.Last week the EU was reported to be mulling lifting the ban, in place since 2009 over human rights abuses at Chiadzwa, saying conditions at two mines there had improved. The reports coincided with a shock documentary by the BBC's Panorama investigative series, which exposed the ongoing use of torture camps in the Marange region, said to be used by the military controlling the diamond fields.
Horticultural exports are set to grow significantly as local fresh producers benefit from adopting global standards in their production and marketing processes, giving their products easier access to international markets. Under a Sh5 billion ($65 million) project grant signed with TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) in Nairobi last week, Kenya will lead other horticultural producers in East Africa to develop and implement a regional version of the Global Good Agricultural Practice standards.
There is no sense in continuing direct payments to farmers as a part of the Common Agricultural Policy of the EU, says Professor Ulrich Koester from Kiel University. Instead of falling market prices for EU goods, Koester holds that European farmers have seen rising market prices since 1993, when direct payments were introduced.
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